Cat Project Archives for May 20-24, 2019.
20, 2019: "It always gives me a shiver when I see
a cat seeing what I can't see."
- Eleanor Farjeon
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Am I a joke to you, Karen?"
Cat Mewvie: Filmmaker Werner Herzog
Feline Art: "Sunflower Sleeper"
by Rob Small.
cat food recalled by Natural Instinct.
by Chiara Giordano
A gourmet cat food sparked an outbreak of a deadly strain of tuberculosis
which affected around 50 animals and at least two of their owners, veterinary
The “natural” wild venison cat food was recalled nationwide
by Natural Instinct, which marketed it as a healthier option to regular
The move came after veterinary scientists at the University of Edinburgh
began looking into why dozens of cats had been struck by bovine tuberculosis
The issue first came to light when six cats were taken to separate vet
practices across England.
Tests confirmed they were infected with bacteria which usually caused
TB in cattle, but can also infect other animals such as rodents and deer.
A further seven cats living in the same households were also found to
All of the animals were indoor cats, meaning they could not have been
passed the infection through contact with wildlife or livestock.
The one thing the cats did have in common was that they had all eaten
Natural Instinct's wild venison product, vets at the University of Edinburgh’s
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies found.
Professor Danièlle Gunn-Moore, of the University of Edinburgh’s
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, said: “We found circumstantial
evidence that these cases of TB in cats were linked to a particular brand
of raw food diet.
“ Not all animals that are infected with the bacteria will develop disease
but we would encourage owners with concerns about their pets to get them checked
by their local vet.”
Natural Instinct, which recalled the product last December, stated on
its website that it stopped selling the product immediately after being
informed by the Food Standards Agency “of the problem of lack of
inspection”.Support free-thinking journalism and subscribe to Independent
A spokesperson for the company added: “We can assure our customers
that Natural Instinct followed, and continues to follow, every food standard,
hygiene regulation and best practice required to produce raw pet food
in the commercial market place.
“ Even though we no longer manufacture and sell the venison cat product,
we are continuing to work with the Food Standards Agency and all necessary organisations.
Not only as part of the investigation into the venison cat food product, but
to ensure the highest standards continue to be met across the industry.”
21, 2019: "Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep
by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Like a cat on a soft, tile roof.
Cat Mewvie: No one is safe any
Feline Art: "The
Guardian", by Mohamed Saad.
22, 2019: "The key to a successful new relationship
between a cat and human is patience."
- Susan Easterly
Kittiness: "Mom jeans? Whaddaya mean by 'mom jeans'?"
Cat Mewvie: Another cat getting
his musical massage on.
Art: "Meow", gouache, artist unknown.
23, 2019: "I would gladly change places with any of
my cats." - George Ney
Gratuitous Kittiness: Sleepy-heads.
Cat Mewvie: When it's time to
pet the cat.
Feline Art: "Tabby" by
24, 2019: "It's really the cat's house--we just pay
the mortgage." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: "The vet's coming? Well...... BYE!"